Aviation pioneers foresaw a day when scenic plane tours would complement the popular outdoor activities that already existed, such as fly-fishing with jetpacks or donning wing suits to observe migratory geese. Chart a course for the future with today’s Groupon: for $95, you get a Mount McKinley south-face tour for one from Alaska Bush Float Plane Service in Talkeetna (a $190 value).
Experienced pilots guide their bush planes along the majestic southern face of Mount McKinley in one-hour tours that afford breathtaking views of an Alaskan wilderness speckled with glaciers, rivers, and ice-filled gorges. Flights take off from the clear waters of Fish Lake, leaving behind surging whitecaps as they ascend over the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley. As the plane closes in on the colossal mountain’s edge, tour groups of up to five (depending on combined weight) can look down and catch glimpses of yeti snowball fights on the Ruth Glacier or listen intently for the call of the wild resonating from the Great Gorge—one of the deepest in the world at nearly 4,000 feet. Tours then fly around the Don Sheldon Amphitheater to the base of Mount McKinley, where a giant ice sculpture commemorates the first meeting between humans and the mountain’s indigenous Hamburglers.
All pilots and friendly staff members hold safety in high esteem, with a dependable fleet of aircraft and more than 14 years of successful touring experience. Though not included in this Groupon, the company’s bush pilots and guides also offer a slew of activities that bring guests face-to-face with untamed wilderness, including hiking excursions, hunting drop-offs, and bear-viewing adventures.